Long Weekend in Tampa or Early for a Cruise
Tampa Bay offers Florida’s most excitement and relaxation. One day you’re enjoying thrill rides and animal encounters, the next you’re strolling Tampa's historic Ybor City and catching a Broadway show. Award-winning gourmet hotspots serve everything from fresh seafood to the Southeast’s top craft beer. The adventure in Tampa is yours. So come experience Florida’s most dynamic destination.
Take the guess work out and Grab a CityPASS to get tickets for some of the best things to do in Tampa, Florida. Come explore Tampa and you won't ever want to leave.
Recommended - Tampa Le Méridien
Le Méridien Tampa is located at 601 N. Florida Ave. in the heart of Tampa's arts and entertainment district.
Things to do:
Surrounded by the many things to do in Tampa, Le Méridien Tampa is ideally located in the heart of Tampa's arts and entertainment district. Explore the culture and visit the many museums and theaters nearby including the Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa Museum of Art and the Ritz Theater.
For the latest dining and entertainment, Channelside Bay Plaza and Ybor City are just over a mile from Le Méridien Tampa where you can find unique shopping and boutiques, family friendly activites and exciting nightlife. The Florida Aquarium is also within walking distance where you can get up-close and personal with our native sea-life.
Explore the best of Tampa Bay with CityPASS! We've hand-picked the area's top attractions and packaged them together in a single easy-to-use booklet that'll save you time and money—and provide plenty of fun.
Get the Tampa City-Pass Card
Experience Tampa’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Tampa Bay CityPASS tour. Visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the Florida Aquarium, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Then choose from the Museum of Science and Industry or Chihuly Center to complete the tour. This Tampa Bay CityPASS is valid for nine consecutive days from the first date of use. An unused ticket booklet is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. Transportation to and from attractions is not included.
Top attractions in the Tampa Area
The Tampa Riverwalk is a scenic exploration of the downtown riverfront. A good place to start is the Straz Center for Performing Arts, however, you can join the walk from anywhere along the route (see their website for a map).
The Riverwalk takes you past most of the popular downtown attractions including the Tampa Museum of Art, Curtis Hixon Park, the Convention Center, the Tampa Bay History Center, and the Channelside Bay Plaza, before ending at the Florida Aquarium. Along the way you will pass interpretive exhibits highlighting Tampa's history and numerous public art exhibits.
Wild animals and wilder rides await visitors at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The 335-acre Africa-inspired theme park's six infamous roller coasters, 2,000-plus animals and entertaining live shows provide truly unforgettable thrills. There is something for kids of all age at this world-class park.
Adventure lovers can brave SheiKra, a floorless dive coaster with a 200-foot, 90-degree plunge while animal enthusiasts might enjoy hand-feeding kangaroos and wallabies at Walkabout Way or enjoying majestic views of free-roaming giraffes, zebras and white rhinos on the Serengeti Railway. Be prepared to walk in order to explore all areas of the park. There are several restaurants and numerous vendors throughout the park to keep you fueled on your journey.
One of the best aquariums in the southeast, this amazing attraction truly explores sea life by featuring more than 20,000 plants and animals in fresh and saltwater environments. Exhibits document the movement of water from wetlands to ocean and include a million-gallon coral reef display that houses fish of all kinds.
Twice each day, divers feed sharks living in the deep water aquarium, and other areas showcase river otters, alligators and stingrays. Kids in particular enjoy the "Penguin Promenade" (Daily 10am-3pm), where they're allowed to get up close and personal with African black-footed penguins. A gift shop and restaurant are on the premises.
Lowry Park Zoo
Everybody loves a zoo, and Lowry Park Zoo is one of the cleanest, best organized you will find anywhere, so much so that it was recently voted the best zoo in the country by Parents Magazine. All of your favorites are here, including African species like giraffes, rhinos, and hippos, Asian animals like lions and tigers as well as animals native to Florida, like various species of alligator and crocodile. Once they've made their way around to all of the animals, the kids can play in the Australian-themed children's area that includes rides and other games.
eBoats Tampa Downtown
eBoats is an electric boat rental company that operates out of a kiosk on the docks in front of the Tampa Convention Center and Sail Pavilion. These 21-foot, electric boats are quiet, eco-friendly, come with a sun cover, and only go about 6 mph.
They are safe and easy to operate for almost anyone, but if you have concerns, you can spend a little additional money and get a Captain to do the steering for you. Renting one of these charming boats is a great way to explore Tampa's harbor, feast your eyes on some of the largest and most beautiful houses in town, and to head up-river to explore the bridges, parks, and landmarks that line the riverbank.
Museum of Science & Industry
CityPASS includes admission to MOSI permanent exhibits, one standard Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre film, one Saunders Planetarium show (based on availability) and Kids In Charge!
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